Sam Lacey Holistic Massage Therapist, Southville, Bristol
holistic healing from the heart
My path in life has been one of transformation and healing. Through working with my own physical and emotional pain I have developed a level of sensitivity, understanding and presence that allows me to connect deeply with clients of all ages and backgrounds.
I came to massage relatively late on, having first had a fast-paced, city-life as director of my own business. On the outside I was successful businesswoman with a thriving creative agency, but inside I was stressed, anxious and burnt out. By my mid-30s it became clear to me that something needed to change. My health was declining and stress levels spiraling out of control. My already chronic back-pain was becoming exacerbated and anxiety ruling my life. Holistic massage helped me to relax, connect back into myself and ultimately find my way out of a life I was tired of living. In 2011 I made a career change and I can honestly say I've never looked back.
Now, the focus of my work is helping others to experience comfort and relaxation through sensitive, nurturing touch. Holistic massage can help counter the effects of stress and anxiety as well as releasing occupational or postural tension and discomfort. I am trained with MTI in Holistic Massage Therapy with a specialism in massage for pregnancy, birth and post-natal care. My interest in women’s health has led me to Alexandra Pope and Jane Hardwicke-Collings who have both inspired me greatly with their teaching. Personal experience of working consciously with the ebb and flow of my menstrual cycle has been supported by their insight and wisdom. I honour and respect our cyclical nature through regular meditation, ritual and time on the land.
As well as offering massage, I also teach one-to-one yoga and offer group courses for beginners. My teaching is inspired by a personal practice that has been cultivated over the last ten years – having trained with many experienced teachers in the UK, Europe and India. I spent time at Sivananda Ashram in Kerala and been fortunate enough to practice Ashtanga yoga under the guidance of Dena Kingsberg, John Scott and Lucy Crawford. My personal experience of Asthma has led me to study breathwork in more depth with The Buteyko Method, which I now practice daily.
A commitment to my personal and professional development enriches my work as a therapist, teacher and mentor. I continue to widen my knowledge through ongoing CPD. I receive massage and have regular supervision and I have also completed a number of specialist, short courses including: Sports & Remedial Massage, Chair Massage, Mobilising Massage, Working with Trauma & the body and Thai massage. Whilst in India I studied Ayurvedic Yoga Massage.
Outside of my treatment room I spend most of my time on the land. I'm an emerging herbalist, writer, artist and student. I'm continually deepening my knowledge and experience of the mind and the body, understanding the inner and outer relationships we choose to cultivate. The relationship to our own suffering interests me and having experienced early separation from my mother I am also interested in pre and perinatal psychology and how early trauma impacts the relationship we have to ourselves and others.
I am grateful for being able to live a creative, fluid and wonderful life that is aligned with the natural cycles. And each year I make an overland migration to Spain where I continue to tend to my interest in wild foods and herbal medicine.
Life is ever rich.
Holistic massage therapy in Bristol
Located in Southville just a stones throw away from the Tobacco Factory, my treatment room is a welcoming space designed totally with relaxation in mind. There’s plenty of on-street parking nearby and access is not a problem with the room being downstairs.
Please note that although both the treatment room and toilet are downstairs I am not able to provide disabled access. Clients with limited mobility may prefer for me to visit them in their own home however I'm afraid that I do need to charge an additional fee to cover travel time and expenses.